How to Stay Proactive When Your Recruiting Process Slows Down
September 10, 2016 | Categories: Blog, Players, Parents, Recruiting
The late summer and early fall can be a slower time for recruiting by the collegiate programs. College coaches are in their competitive season, focused on the success of their team and they are managing a thousand details during the early part of the season. While recruiting is always on the minds of coaches, it is not at the forefront now.
Most college coaches are trying to figure out what position(s) they need to recruit in the 2020, 2019, 2018 and even 2017 classes, and they are evaluating their team to determine the answer. Many recruiting needs will not be clarified until much later in the collegiate season.
Being patient during the recruiting process can be a challenge and during this time of the year for Juniors and Seniors especially, managing the process can be frustrating.
Meanwhile, here are some ways you can stay pro-active and engaged in your recruiting process:
- Improve your skills. Your talent will create your opportunity. Use the high school season to pass better, to block better, to have better footwork, to jump higher, etc. If your high school situation does not allow for specific improvements, then consider private lessons or skills clinics that are available at nearby volleyball clubs.
- Make sure you are 100% healthy before club volleyball begins. As an uncommitted Junior/Senior, college coaches will be evaluating you early in the club volleyball season and you want to show your best volleyball self.
- Evaluate your current situation and then adjust your recruiting outreach/communication accordingly. For instance, if you feel that you are a NCAA Division I player but no DI schools have responded to your emails or reached out to you, then it is time to look at colleges outside the DI ranks. Or, you may need to expand your geographic area of consideration.
- When November rolls around, you should have an updated outreach list of schools to email, current video, and your complete club volleyball information. Don't arrive late to this party, you should be the first one in the door come November!
- Make the best possible grades in school and attain the highest possible SAT/ACT score. Outside of the DI athletic scholarship category, every other college volleyball opportunity will use your academic credentials to generate admissions and academic scholarship support. High grades equals more scholarship money.
- Enjoy exactly where you are and what you are doing. This is a great time in your life - You are playing volleyball and wearing the uniform of your school. You are competing in front of your classmates, teachers and family.
Even though collegiate recruiting may be slow righ tnow, there are still many things that you can be doing while you are are patiently waiting on those college volleyball programs to figure out their next steps!
For related information on the volleyball recruiting process click here.
About the Author
Matt Sonnichsen is the Director of Volleyball and National Speaker for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. Matt has over 20 years of experience coaching volleyball at the collegiate level.